Russell Wilson booed in return to Seattle as Denver Broncos lose to Seahawks

Wilson — now the quarterback of the Denver Broncos after having been traded from the Seahawks following a profitable 10-year stint — was booed by the bulk inside Lumen Discipline when he took to the gridiron for the primary time in his new colours.

And the night did not get any higher for Wilson, as he and the Broncos have been edged out 17-16 by the Seahawks.

Nonetheless, Wilson mentioned he anticipated the hostile reception upon his return to the town he had referred to as house for a decade.

“It didn’t bother me, you know, it’s a hostile environment, it always has been. I didn’t expect them to give a round of applause every once in a while,” Wilson mentioned with a smile after the sport.

The 33-year-old added: “For me, Seattle’s been amazing for me. Like I said, anybody who thinks any other words, they don’t know my heart, and they don’t know how much this city has meant to me. Tonight was special, it was on the other side than I’m used to, but it was still a special environment and a place I’ve always loved.”

Tremendous margins

It was all the time going to be a memorable return to Seattle for Wilson.

The Seahawks drafted the quarterback with a third-round choose in 2012. Throughout his time within the Pacific Northwest, he guided the franchise into eight postseasons, together with two Tremendous Bowl appearances and one championship win in 2014.

Nonetheless, after relationships staled between Wilson and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in recent times, he was traded to the Broncos within the offseason for an enormous haul in an trade that despatched shockwaves by way of the game.

Upon arriving in Denver, he signed a five-year extension with the staff reportedly price $245 million and his debut simply so occurred to return at his former stomping floor in Seattle.

Nonetheless, it was his alternative on the Seattle sideline who actually stole the present.

Geno Smith, who had been the back-up behind Wilson, appeared regular in his first begin because the finish of the Wilson period, ending with 195 yards on 23/28 passing with two touchdowns.

Wilson threw for 340 yards on 29/42 passing and a landing however the recreation ended with the ball out of his arms regardless of the assets invested in his signing.

After a sloppy second half from each groups, together with two fumbles from the one-yard line on back-to-back possessions to start out the second half for Denver, Wilson drove his staff up the sector within the closing two minutes.

With 20 seconds left, on fourth and 5 on the Seattle 46-yard line, first yr Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett had a choice to make: let his new, large cash quarterback attempt to get them the required yardage or try a really lengthy discipline purpose?

Ultimately, Hackett selected the safer possibility of a 64-yard discipline purpose try within the closing few seconds to say a victory from the jaws of defeat.

Nonetheless, Brandon McManus’ try flew vast left, which means Wilson’s return to Seattle resulted in disappointment.

Wilson walks off the field after losing to the Seahawks.

However after the sport, Wilson confused he supported Hackett’s choice to go for the sector purpose reasonably than let him attempt to preserve the offense transferring.

“I believe in coach Hackett,” Wilson mentioned. “I believe in what we’re doing. Believe in everything, and any time you can try to find a way to make a play on fourth-and-5, that’s great, too. Also, I don’t think it was the wrong decision. I think [McManus] can make it.”

The defeat implies that in a particularly aggressive AFC West, the Broncos are already behind the eight-ball, whereas the Geno Smith period in Seattle begins with aplomb.